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Barbra Streisand Apologizes for Comments About Michael Jackson Accusers

Barbra Streisand is backtracking after receiving intense criticism for her comments about two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them as children. The two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, made their allegations in the recent HBO documentary Leaving Neverland. Streisand told a British newspaper that the two men were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them.” The singer also sparked controversy when she said Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.” Streisand now says she feels “nothing but sympathy” for the men. In a statement to The Associated Press, Streisand said: “To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone... The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them.”